Arunachal finds mention in the literature of Kalika Purana and Mahabharata. This place is supposed to be the Prabhu Mountains of the Puranas. It was here that sage Parashuram washed away his sin, sage Vyasa meditated, King Bhishmaka founded his kingdom and Lord Krishna married his consort Rukmini.
The widely scattered archeological remains at different places in Arunachal bears testimony to its rich cultural heritage. Arunachal Pradesh, a serene land tucked into the North Eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and valleys, enjoy its salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people, with their glorious heritage of arts and crafts and colourful festivals that reflect their ancient faith in the inexorable power of nature.
The visitor has a wide variety of options to pick from. There are places of worship and piligrimage such as Parasuramkund and 400 years old Tawang Monastery, or the sites of archeological excavations like Malinithan and Itanagar, the serene beauty of lakes such as Ganga lake or Sela lake or the numerous variations of scenic beauty of the snowclad silver mountain peaks and lush green meadows where thousands of species of flora and fauna prosper. In addition, the state provides abundant scope for angling, boating, rafting, trekking and hiking. Besides, there are a number of wild life sanctuaries and national parks where rare animals, birds and plants will fascinate the visitor.
Nature has provided the people with a deep sense of beauty which finds delightful expression in their songs, dances and crafts. The climate varies from hot and humid to heavy rainfall in the Shivalik range. It becomes progressively cold as one moves northwards to higher altitudes. Trees of great size, plentiful climbers and abundance of cane and bamboo make Arunachal evergreen.
Arunachal Pradesh is considered to be the "nature's treasure trove"and home to orchids, known for their exquisitely beautiful blooms, from one of the dominant taxa with more than six hundred species, occurring in varying elevations and climatic conditions throughout the state.
The diverse topography with dramatic changes in altitude, make Arunachal Pradesh one of the most unique geographical zones in India. The climatic conditions dependent on the altitude provide for a very diverse ecological environment. This shift in climatic conditions across the state has given rise to a rich and diverse wildlife population.
"Lonely Planet" , the international travel icon has christened Arunachal Pradesh as 'the last of the Great Shangri-Las' and declared it as the 4th best region in the world to travel in 2012.
Arunachal Pradesh offers its numerous roaring rivers, lofty mountains, deep gorges, snow-clad peaks, thousands of species of flora and fauna, highest forest cover in the country, endless variations of scenic beauty and numerous tribes, each with a distinct socio-cultural heritage of its own. Our State is an unmatched destination for eco-tourism, wildlife tourism, religious tourism, rural tourism and adventure tourism. Tourism, therefore, offers immense scope for development of sports like exotic golfing, river rafting, mountaineering, hand-gliding, skiing, hiking and angling etc. We have already provided the facilitating support in the form of Tourism Policy 2003 and Master Plan for Tourism Sector 2011-13 which envisages PPP as an essential ingredient for investment in this Sector. Investments in resorts, star hotels, budget hotels and guest houses where the State Government can provide land on long term lease basis allowing private sector to come up with Design-Build-Own-Operate models on a revenue sharing basis with the State Government are envisaged. Participation in transportation, sight-seeing, food and beverages sectors is also welcome.
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